DALLAS TWP. — The Pledge of Allegiance, counting and colors are just some of the skills the kindergarten students at Wycallis Elementary school showcased on May 11.
A total of 79 Wycallis Elementary School kindergarten students proudly demonstrated their newly acquired knowledge in their final performance called “From Caterpillars to Butterflies.”
The class production, organized by kindergarten teachers Victoria Flynn and Susan Crahall, was modeled after Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
“We saw the children come in like little caterpillars — then, as they learned. they became independent butterflies and will fly away into first grade, Crahall said.
Forty-six morning kindergarten students performed at 10 a.m. and 33 afternoon students presented the 2 p.m. show, said Brian Bradshaw, the principal at Wycallis Elementary School.
The performance required students to make their costumes that consisted of cut outs of what the storybook character, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” ate before he transformed into a butterfly.
“The costumes were made to be similar to the illustrations in the story,” Crahall said.
For example, one child wore a poster cut out of a red apple with a hole in it, because in Eric Carle’s story, the hungry caterpillar “ate through one apple on Monday.”
The afternoon kindergarten class entered the gymnasium singing the “Hello Song” to an audience full of parents, caregivers, grandparents and siblings.
“How are you today?” the children sang. “We are glad you came today. We hope you enjoy your stay.”
Then, students requested everyone stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, something new they learned in school.
The youngsters continued to impress parents with a song about the American flag to demonstrate their knowledge about the number of stars and stripes Old Glory containa.
Many parents could not resist swaying to the beat and mouthing the words to the “Number Rock.”
The afternoon kindergarten class seemed at ease in front of the crowd as students lined up to retell the story of the “Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
The hungry caterpillar also ate through two pears, three plums, four strawberries and five oranges, the students said.
The caterpillar’s appetite was not satisfied, so he kept munching through a slice of cake, ice cream, a pickle, Swiss Cheese, a slice of salami, a lollipop, a piece of cherry pie and much more.
The little caterpillar grew to be a fat caterpillar and built a cocoon, the students said.
Then, about two weeks later, the caterpillar emerged from his cocoon as a beautiful butterfly, the class said in unison.